Radio Imaging of Two Supernova Remnants Containing Pulsars
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The supernova remnants G 5.4 - 1.2 and G 8.7 - 0.1 each have a 15,000 yr old pulsar projected along their outside edges. If these are true pulsar-supernova remnant associations then the implied pulsar transverse motions for PSR1757-24 and PSR 1800-21 are excessively large 1500-2500 km sexp -1. We present new radio observations made at the VLA in the continuum at 327 MHz and the H I line at 1420 MHz to address this issue. For G 5.4-1.2 we better constrain the true extent of the remnant and its shape. We also derive an H I absorption distance and the spectral index distribution across the bright western side of the remnant. All the available evidence suggests that G 5.4-1.2 and PSR 1757-24 are associated. Our deep 327 MHz image of G 8.7 - 0.1 reveals faint extensions of the remnant but no new emission is seen near PSR 1800 - 21. A possible new supernova remnant is also discovered north of G 8.7 - 0.1. Several difficulties are presented for the proposed association between G 8.7 - 0.1 and PSR 1800 - 21, the most serious of which are the lack of a pulsar-powered nebula and the discrepant distance estimates for the pulsar and supernova remnant. We conclude that PSR 1800 - 21 is a foreground object, unrelated to G 8.7-0.1.